Gil Morris, ConVal High School Engineering Teacher speaks to Monadnock Rotarians!

 
    At the November 29th, 2016, meeting of Monadnock Rotary, chaired by President-Elect Bill Gurney, the club welcomed Gil Morris, a teacher at the Applied Technology Center at our local ConVal High School.  Mr. Morris brought with him Noah Bell, a Senior who has been very involved with Engineering classes through an Extended Learning Opportunity.  Noah has built and is in the process of refining a model of Tesla’s Coil.
Gil Morris worked as a software engineer before changing careers and becoming a teacher.  At the Nov. 29th meeting, Gil described his engineering classes and some of the impressive projects his students have completed. He also discussed “Running Start” and the opportunity his students have to take his classes for college credit from the New Hampshire Technical Institute.
    Kevin McElhinney gave the Opening Words, and Travis Kumpf shared a "hat story" about his first trip overseas, helping build homes for families in Peru.  This experience has led to a life-long interest in helping to develop sustainable communities; since that life-altering trip to Peru, Travis has continued to travel on service trips.  Over time he became a sought-after leader for such trips, including this spring's Conant/ConVal Rotary Interact service work trip to a Central American rural village.